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Puzzle over love letters solved


Miriam King, 94, said her legs turned to jelly when she spotted her letters on television

Love letters between a prisoner of war who was held in Italy and Germany and his young wife in Norfolk have been found in a house in Suffolk.

The letters, written by Miriam King and her husband George, were found by Tony Roe who works at RAF Honington.

After the story was broadcast on BBC Look East, Mrs King, 94, was traced to Gorleston in Norfolk.

She said: "My legs went to jelly and I felt elated and I thought wouldn't my George be pleased with that."

RAF Honington has now formally handed the 50 or so letters, which were found in an old chest of drawers, to Mrs King. They were written between 1942 and 1945.

It is not known how the letters came to be in the house.

George and Miriam King portrait
The couple married a month before Mr King was taken prisoner

Mr King, who died 15 years ago, was a Royal Navy stoker when his ship HMS Bedouin was sunk by an Italian torpedo and he was taken prisoner.

He wrote in one of the letters: "It's now four months since I became a prisoner of war, five months since we were married.

"I am always living in those precious days we spent together.

"Be assured, as soon as the war is over we will make up for any lost time. Your loving husband, George." Mr King wrote on their first wedding anniversary: "I am holding a small celebration with one or two of the lads.

"I am going to make a cake with Yorkshire pudding powder from my Red Cross parcel.

"I am certain we would have had a wonderful time had we been together for this our first anniversary."

Despite Mr King being transferred between prison camps in Italy and Germany, Mrs King's letters survived intact.

In one of her letters, she wrote: "The women are going to have a say in things now.

"We must all play our part in this new world. The sacrifices necessary must be shared by all.

"Thinking of the happy past and happier days to be. All my love sweetheart, forever. Your sincere wife, Miriam."

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